How to Rotate a Video in Premiere Pro (Step by Step)


Pragadeesh N - February 19, 2021 - Leave your thoughts. 5 min read

How do you rotate a video in Premiere Pro?

We’ll answer that question in this article by giving your step-by-step instructions and pictures. 

Also, as a bonus, we’ll also show you an easy way to rotate your videos on your Windows or Mac computer.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

How to Rotate a Video in Adobe Premiere Pro

Ready to rotate your video the hard way? You can, however, jump to this section ↓ where we show you a much simpler way to rotate your video on your Windows or Mac computer.  

Anyway, here are the steps to rotate or flip a video using Adobe Premiere Pro:

Step 1: Open Adobe Premiere Pro and Create a New Project

From the main menu bar, click on the File menu and select New.
click file and new

Step 2: Import the Video You Want to Rotate

Click on the File menu in the menu bar and select Import. Then select the video using your file browser and click Open.
click file and import

Step 3: Add the Video to the Timeline Panel

The imported video will now appear in the Project panel. To add the video to the timeline, simply drag and drop it onto the Timeline panel.find the imported video in project panel

Step 4: Select the Video From the Timeline

You’ll need to select the video to rotate it. From the Timeline panel, click on the video to select it.

click on the video in the timeline

Step 5: Rotate Your Video

Go to the Effect Controls tab and click on the Motion dropdown. This will reveal the Rotation dropdown. Click on the number (the blue text represented in degrees) beside Rotation and enter your desired degrees. You can rotate the video by 90, 180, or 270 degrees.

find rotation under motion dropdown

Step 6: Flip Your Video (optional)

In your Project panel, go to the Effects tab, click on the Distort dropdown, and double-click Transform from the resulting dropdown menu. Then, untick the Uniform Scale checkbox. Now change the number beside Scale Width or Scale Height to -100 to flip your video horizontally or vertically.

double click transform

find scale height and scale width under transform

An Easier Way to Rotate Your Video

A much easier way would be to use Animaker’s rotate video tool. It’s a simple online tool that lets you easily rotate your videos 90, 180, or 270 degrees for free! All it takes is 3 simple steps to rotate and download your videos using our super-simple video rotator. 

For those who are unaware of Animaker, it is an all-in-one DIY video-making tool designed to help non-designers make professional-quality videos from the comfort of their browser.

It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc., and if you use one of these browsers, you can easily rotate your videos on your Windows or Mac computer.

If you’re looking to easily rotate your videos for Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook, then Animaker’s video rotator is the ideal tool. Moreover, you can use it to rotate your videos in formats such as MP4, MPG, WebM, MOV, and more. Follow the steps below to rotate a video using Animaker:

Step 1: Sign Up/Login and Pick the Dimensions

Sign in to your account or create a free one. Once you’re in the dashboard, choose the dimensions for your video. Are you looking to turn a vertical video horizontal? Then pick Horizontal from the Create a video section in your dashboard. Are you looking to turn a horizontal video vertical? Then pick Vertical from the same section.

pick the dimensions

Step 2: Upload the Video and Rotate It

Then, upload your video. Animaker lets you upload videos up to 20 GB in size. Now in the main navigation bar, click on the Upload tab and then click on the Upload button at the bottom of the tab window.

go to uploads tab and click upload button

Now click on the uploaded video to set it onto the canvas.

set the video to rotate

Click on the Rotate icon in the top right corner of the canvas. Each time you click on it, your video will be rotated in the anti-clockwise direction. To rotate your video 90 degrees, click on the Rotate button three times. The first click will rotate your video to an angle of 270 degrees, then the second click will rotate it to an angle of 180 degrees, and finally, the third click will rotate it to an angle of 90 degrees.

rotate video in any angle

Setting the video onto the canvas will make it fill the entire space of the canvas. You can change how it fits the chosen dimensions with our video resizing tool. Simply adjust and make it fit the canvas the way you want by clicking on the Resize button.

click resize or fit

drag the corners to make it fit

You can also flip (or mirror) videos using our video flipping functionality. Click on the Flip icon in the top right corner of the canvas to flip your video horizontally and/or vertically.

flip video horizontally or vertically

Step 3: Preview and Download the Video

Finally, preview the video you just rotated by clicking on the play button beside the Publish button. Video has been rotated to your desired orientation? Go ahead and download the video by clicking on the Publish button and then selecting Download Video from the dropdown menu. Or simply share the video directly to various social media platforms from within the app.

download rotated video


Apart from letting you quickly rotate your videos, Animaker’s video editing suite offers various other video editing tools.  

You can use Animaker’s video editor to:

And the list goes on… feel free to check out these tools and learn why it’s the go-to video editor for marketers and content creators.

Got any questions about rotating your videos on premiere pro or your windows computer? Any interesting tips or tools to rotate videos that we haven’t covered? Please let us know about them in the comment section below.

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